I wouldn’t call myself a girly girl and usually shy away from the girl power thing, but I was totally pumped for this race because they had a division for stroller pushers!
The race start was 8:00am and even with the late start time (by most race standards) we scrambled to get out the door on time. The boys had rough naps the day before so I wanted to let them sleep as long as possible to avoid any crankiness on the run. My usual training runs with them are 3-4 miles, so I wasn’t sure how 6.2 would go.
We arrived with 5 minutes to spare. I didn’t want to start in the back even though the race was chip timed so said my “excuse mes” and made my way to the 8:00-10:00 pace group start in the middle of the pack. Trying to pass people with a double stroller in the beginning of a race is no bueno.
The amazing and incredibly enthusiastic Jenny Schatzle was there to warm up and pump up the runners. The women who run this race are definitely there to have fun!
I love the energy at starting lines and the energy at this start was off the charts!
As per usual my first mile was too fast. The excitement and energy of a race usually causes me to go out too fast. My Garmin showed a 8:30 avg pace and even though I would like to think I could hold this pace for another 5 miles, I knew cemetery hill was looming ahead.
I made it up the hill, but my pace slowed considerably by mile 3. What goes up must come down right? Luckily it was downhill for the next half mile and then flattened out. I was so happy to see the turnaround, I literally did a fist pump.
Mile 5 featured going back up that same steep hill that was so fun going down. At the base of the hill an amazing woman who had been running close by for most of the race stepped in to help me push the stroller up that hill. Ultimate girl power moment. I was so grateful.
After we made it up I still had to stop for a second to catch my breath. Thankfully it was downhill and smooth sailing from there.
I knew there was one speedy stroller pusher in front of me who I lost sight of after mile 4 (she was only pushing 1), but no other stroller pushing mamas passed me. Knowing I was in for a top finish in the baby mama division fueled me to push harder and finish strong.
My official finish time was 57:30 and 3rd place (out of 30) in the baby mama division! Originally I was listed as 4th, but turns out the girl in 3rd place wasn’t actually pushing a stroller so she was moved out of the baby mama division bumping me up to 3rd.
I had so much fun racing with the boys in the BOB stroller. They loved it too!
There was so much support and shouts of encouragement evey second of the way from all the fierce women running the race. I truly saw the power of uplifting each other in action. she.is.beautiful will be on my race calendar again next year for sure!